Ratchet has been one of the most demanded of these first couple of PRiD waves, and with good reason. Ratchet is a great figure that has some great features and articulation. While suffering just a couple of minor flaws, Ratchet is still one of my favorite Prime figures so far. Read the review and see what I think!
Ratchet’s Alt Mode is obviously his signature Ambulance, in the Prime aesthetic. Ratchet looks very screen accurate in this mode, and everything with the paint scheme looks to be where it should be. I found the transformation from robot mode to alt mode to be a bit of a pain in the ass when it comes to snapping all of those side panels together, but after I finally got it, I was very impressed. His daggers attach via two holes in the front near the grill, and while personally I’m not a fan of the look, they do add some extra grit to the doctor, who is known to be a little on the softer side when it comes to battle.
One thing I will say about Ratchet in general, is that the paint color is kind of off. Ratchet’s orange looks more red than anything. It doesn’t detract from the character in my book per se, but Hasbro really missed this seemingly easy aspect of Ratchet to pull off.
Ratchet’s Robot mode is also very impressive. His head is on a ball joint, so of course it allows for a wide range of motion, while the sculpt on it is magnificent. Moving down his body, Ratchet’s details in his chest are very good, although the chest uses the “faux transformation” look; meaning that it appears that Ratchet’s grill and side doors on the torso, while in reality, they are in the legs. Although this detracts from the screen accuracy in robot mode, I don’t it’s necessarily anything to get upset about. The rest of the figure is great, and hey, it’s a deluxe size Transformer.
Ratchet’s arms are also a very high point, in the fact that they offer a great amount of articulation for a bot this size. The shoulder joint rotates 360 degrees, while the elbow joint allows for a very high amount of natural movement. Together this combination gives some of the best articulation on the arms I’ve seen on a deluxe size figure. The forearms look very solid, and there is only a small gap on the underside that shows they’re hollow.
Onto the legs and feet! Ratchet’s legs look very solid, and easily support Ratchet in a number of stances. Due to some movement required by the Transformation, you can kind of turn Ratchet’s ankles to give him a little bit of articulation and extra poses. His feet are large and give Ratchet an easy standing look, and no doubt are an asset to the figure. My only gripe with the legs is the bulkiness of the front doors when viewing Ratchet from the side. Of course this is minor, but some people may be turned off by the sheer size of them.
Overall, Hasbro really hit it out of the park with Ratchet. He has great articulation, an accurate sculpt, and good alt and bot modes. Although he suffers from some minor annoyances such as the paint and bulky doors in robot mode, he no doubt has been my favorite PRiD deluxe so far, and I would highly recommend to anyone that you pick him up!
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